EDITORIAL: Let’s show our national pride

Canada Women's Sevens event in Langford gives West Shore its chance to shine

Many of us on the West Shore cheered loudly when one of our neighboring arenas was chosen winner of the 2015 Kraft Hockeyville online competition.

While we believe North Saanich’s Panorama Recreation Centre will do its community and the region proud when it comes to hosting an NHL pre-season game and putting the $100,000 prize  to good use, the West Shore also has a fantastic opportunity to show the region how great a job it can do in hosting an international event.

Langford welcomes the world April 18 and 19 when the Canada Women’s Sevens rugby tournament takes over Westhills Stadium. This event, one of the last three qualifiers for the 2016 Rio Olympics, promises the most exciting and fast-paced rugby action seen here since the America’s Rugby Championship came to Westhills last fall.

Canada, which finished third in the first three qualifiers, sits tied for second overall with Australia, behind series leader New Zealand. With a good showing on their home turf, the women in red and white can virtually clinch a spot in next year’s Summer Games, the first Olympics to host rugby sevens.

A loud, packed house will no doubt give our Canadian women the boost they need to get the job done.

From a hosting perspective, teams and players representing countries from Australia and Brazil to China and Russia will descend upon the Capital Region in the days before the tournament. As such, local residents and merchants have a chance to showcase the West Shore for these international guests and are encouraged to lay out the welcome mat.

While voting with a mouse click can produce great results, as we’ve seen with the Hockeyville campaign, West Shore residents can vote with their feet and come out to support Langford-based Team Canada.

Let’s show our pride in our region, our country and our national team and make this event one to remember and build on.

Go Canada go!

Just Posted

Greater Victoria residents among the most credit-worthy Canadians

Yet debt levels continue to rise as Canadians owe $178 for every $100 earned

Thursday sees mix of sun and cloud, high of 22 C

Plus a look ahead at your weekend forecast

BC business offers ‘clean start’ for people with employment barriers

CleanStart BC is looks to expand its Victoria staff

New roadside testing device can’t identify drug impairment says Vancouver lawyer

Lawyer says similar devices vulnerable to court challenge, testing for drugs different to alcohol

Kelowna toddler suffers cracked skull after fall from balcony

Neighbour who found the two-year-old boy said he has a bump the size of a golf ball on his head

Greater Victoria wanted list for the week of May 21

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers is seeking the public’s help in locating the… Continue reading

POLL: Were you satisfied with the Game of Thrones series finale?

Millions gathered in front of their televisions Sunday night to watch the… Continue reading

RCMP probe if teen was intentionally hit with ski pole by mystery skier on B.C. mountain

The incident happened on March 20 on Grouse Mountain. Police are urging witnesses to come forward

Support growing for orphaned Okanagan child after father dies in highway crash

Family thanks emergency crews for assistance in traumatic incident

Pipeline protester chimes in on Justin Trudeau’s B.C. fundraising speech

The government purchased the Trans Mountain pipeline and expansion project for $4.5 billion

Baby boom seniors putting pressure on B.C. long-term care: report

B.C. leads Canada in growth of dementia, dependence on care

UPDATED: B.C. man says he’ll take People’s Party lawsuit as far as he can

Federal judge shut down Satinder Dhillon’s ‘nonsensical’ motion to bar use of PPC name in byelection

Canada stripping citizenship from Chinese man over alleged marriage fraud

The move comes amid severely strained relations between Ottawa and Beijing

Most Read